A Not-For-Everyone Lounge, Ocean View Rooms and 10 Event Spaces | Acacia Hotel Davao

The Club Lounge is intriguing.

When you have been to Davao city recently, it makes sense to say that President Duterte’s hometown is championing its campaign to be the country’s top “Bleisure” destination (Business and Leisure). Acacia, a world class homegrown hotel brand with branches in Manila and Bacolod could not agree more to this. The hotel brand is expected to greet its guests “Madayaw!” with its heartfelt stroke of hospitality this November.

LOCATION

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The Acacia Hotel Davao as seen from the parking area of SM Lanang Premier Mall.

Acacia Hotel Davao adds to the charming bustling stretch of JP Laurel street as you traverse Lanang area. It is across the Carmelite church, sandwiched by SM Lanang Premier Mall and Davao-grown CrossFit gym, Madayaw North. The Tim Tebow CURE Hospital, Lanang Premiere Doctors Hospital, Inc. (opens soon) and seafood haven, Blue Post Boiling Crabs & Shrimps are just three buildings away. The Davao Museum of History and Ethnography at Insular Village is just a five-minute-ride away. The Island Garden City of Samal is just 15 minutes away. It takes 20 minutes to Francisco Bangoy International Airport.

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NOT FOR EVERYONE

Acacia Hotel Davao offers exclusive benefits and privileges in the Club Lounge when you stay in one of the premier rooms and suites for a more unique and personalized experience.

 

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The “not for everyone” Club Lounge, Acacia Hotel Davao: Ask about opening rates. (Event bookings) jesse.magbanua@acaciahotelsdavao.com (Corporate room reservations) kathryn.quibingco@acaciahotelsdavao.com

HOTEL SUITES

The hotel offers impressive views of the north. Fill your eyes with astonishment when you witness the immersive ocean view of Samal Islands from some of the 260-well appointed guest rooms.

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DELUXE TWIN BEDROOM, Acacia Hotel Davao: Suites feature an appealing combination of modern earth tones and engaging elements.

DINING

Local and international cuisine with regional flavors await to both local and foreign guests. The Waling-Waling Cafe offers a wide selection of freshly cooked local cuisine and regional classics. Luk Foo Palace Chinese Restaurant serves high-end Cantonese specialties with distinct flavors.

WORLD FAMOUS GRILLED TUNA IN DAVAO: DAVAO’S DOODS: World Street Food Master Awardee 2017 (Why you should try “Bawug”?)

WELLNESS

Acacia Fit, the hotel’s gym is geared with updated equipment centered around wellness. The Venado Pool Bar at the 3rd floor serves refreshments and cocktails while enjoying the swimming pool for a perfect getaway.

SOCIALS

Acacia Hotel Davao owns a Grand Ballroom which can accommodate up to 350 persons with convenient and functional facilities. There are also 9 smaller event venues perfect for memorable and intimate celebrations or even for business events.

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WALING-WALING CAFE, Acacia Hotel Davao: Offers signature delicacies of Davao and the rest of Mindanao.

 

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JUNIOR SUITE, Acacia Hotel Davao
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An Acacia Tree (SOURCE: https://majesticwallart.com/products/acacia-tree-at-sunset-with-giraffes-wall-mural)

Built with world class facilities, surely “Acacia” is soon to be a term used by the Davaoenos and Davao visitors to refer not just to that enchanting, colossal, endemic, shade-providing tree.

“Acacia” in Davao, pertains to that colossal hotel in front of SM Lanang Premier, with enchanting interiors and facilities, serving international dishes with endemic to Davao flavors. Uniquely, it bears a brand of hospitality that nurtures ultimate metropolitan rest and relaxation like a shade an urban tree gives on an extremely hot day for business, leisure or both.

Book now. Corporate room reservations: kathryn.quibingco@acaciahotelsdavao.com | Event bookings: jesse.magbanua@acaciahotelsdavao.com

 

Grocery List for Young Urban Professionals | Feat. S&R Members’ Treat Sale Items

Grocery shopping after all is a task for survival acuity.

O- Olive products (Olive oil for cooking, tinned olives for sandwiches and pastas)

P- Protein Bars

Q- Quick to prepare mixes ( pancake, pizza, canned soups)

R- Razors

S- Sauces and spreads (spices, condiments, dips, dressings)

Below is the complete A-Z grocery list with photos. Scroll down.

You work hard on weekdays. You unwind at one of the city’s entertainment hubs on weekends. A typical “Yuppie” – a young urban professional. Also, you shop your own grocery needs as you listed, as you budgeted, as you scheduled.

Grocery shopping is an “#adulting” agendum. Who is not doing his own grocery shopping as an adult by the way? Your mastery of it reflects how skillful you are in terms of budgeting your fund for food from payday to payday while partaking healthy meals to fuel you in every workday. It is safe to say that a well-experienced grocery shopper is financially and physiologically healthy. You do not agree if you are not. Tell me. Are you?

MY GROCERY SHOPPING LIST

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Top in the list always when shopping at S&R, the packed IQF (Individually Quick Frozen) Broccoli. Good for up to 45 days supply of Vitamin C, Fiber and Protein. Yes, frozen is as good as fresh. Read more here: https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2017/may/01/are-frozen-fruit-and-vegetables-as-good-for-you-as-fresh

The day after every payday is my ideal grocery shopping day. My grocery list on the other hand has a 60% regular and 40% casual choices.

  • coffee
  • sliced bread (I get excited making my own sandwich for work.)
  • Protein: broccoli, peanuts, eggs, meat
  • carrots, tomatoes, packed sliced fruits
  • Rice and oatmeal with milk
  • canned tuna, canned corned beef, instant pancit canton
  • Condiments/ Sandwich spread: vinegar, garlic, basil, umami seasoning
  • detergent, exfoliating and bactericidal soaps, hair conditioner
  • gargling solution and whitening toothpaste
  • wet wipes, rubbing alcohol (My work requires a lot of hand shakes and loads of talking.)

The 40% is influenced by first, the kind of spread I want in my work sandwich for the next two weeks. Second, the recipes I saw on social media food pages that I want to try or health articles I read weeks before. Lastly, the cravings for Mr Chips or moist chocolate cake or Spam. I set aside PhP 2,000 every two weeks for food.

if you have the opportunity to get something of better quality (imported or local) at more affordable bar codes (S&R member), why not punch it in?!

My list is fun and flexible. I make health-conscious food choices by considering the simple Go-Grow-Glow taxonomy. My grooming list is basic. My sandwich spread recipes are ever changing. There are items in the list which need to be re-supplied every shop. There are also those which can be bought in larger package to hoard. Larger packs help you save both budget and shopping energy.

How I stock supplies and save budget through the S&R Members’ Treat Sale

The S&R Members’ Treat Sale is a grocery sale to look forward twice a year. It happens every March and September (Set a reminder on your smartphone, Yuppie!). This is when quality imported grocery items are priced at 50% less.

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What a deal! Eight boxes of Hershey’s Chocolate Soya Milk for PhP 299.

What makes me choose to grocery shop at S&R is beyond the product connotation of “imported”, “stateside”, “pang-mayaman/ pang-dato”. I support local products too (Sukang Pinakurat, Lucky Me Pancit Canton and Holiday Corned Beef join the conversation). Food Regulatory Agencies from other countries though, have stringent and thoughtful criteria on retaining nutrients from their food products. The advanced technology of their food industry is a supplementary factor too.  These make the products more ideal for hoarding. Buy it at large portions. Stock it for a month extended supply than usual. The taste is obviously unique too. A two-month taste break from the usual flavors makes your gastronomic routine more appetizing. Finally, if you have the opportunity to get something of better quality (imported or local) at more affordable bar codes (S&R member), why not punch it in?!

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S&R holds the Members’ Treat Sale every March and September where members enjoy massive savings on imported items. It has 17 branches in the Philippines as of September 2019.

S&R (Sol and Robert Price) is a membership-shopping club modeled after the warehouse shopping chains introduced in the United States. Most of the imported products offered are in club packs which include fresh produce and fruits, Australian/New Zealand beef, Western grocery brands from cereals to snacks, chocolates, wines and spirits. It also offers consumer electronics and appliances, along with health and beauty products. It is currently the biggest reseller of imported quality products at very competitive prices in the Philippines. (https://www.coscocapital.com/segment.do?category_id=7346)

The list below is comprised with food choices deemed as basic, healthy and easy to prepare for an always on the go Yuppie. It also has essential products for grooming as well as electives for Summer (S&R Members’ Treat Sale – March) and Christmas/ Year-End (S&R Members’ Treat Sale – September).

For as long as we need to earn for our life goals everyday, we also have to eat in every meal. Thus, we also need to shop more budget- and health-consciously,

MY S&R MEMBERS’ TREAT SALE GROCERY LIST

A- Assorted nuts. In general, nuts are good sources of fat, fiber and protein (https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/9-healthy-nuts#section1)

B- Bread, biscuits

C- Coffee, Cold brews, Canned Tuna, Sardines

 

D- Detergents (Laundry and Dish washing and all-around cleaning solutions), Fabric Conditioner

E- Exfoliating Soap, Beauty bars, Shower gels

F -Frozen veggies and berries. Yes, frozen is as good as fresh (https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2017/may/01/are-frozen-fruit-and-vegetables-as-good-for-you-as-fresh).

 

TIP: Get the items first. While the line at the check out counter is long, check the expiration date of the items.

G- Grains and Seeds

H – Healthy drinks (green tea, fruit juices, milk)

I – Ice Cream. Those flavors with nuts.

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J- Junk Chips, Nachos

L- Liquor (for gift, stock for celebrations, for your minibar)

M – Masks (facial masks and wet wipes)

N- Noodles (From Japanese to Korean!)

 

O- Olive products (Olive oil for cooking, tinned olives for sandwiches and pastas). Olives are very high in vitamin E and other powerful antioxidants. Studies show that they are good for the heart and may protect against osteoporosis and cancer (https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/foods/olives)

P- Protein Bars

TIP: Try something new. Wide selection of items are waiting for you.

Q- Quick to prepare mixes ( pancake, pizza, canned soups)

R- Razors

S- Sauces and spreads (spices, condiments, dips, dressings)

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I get excited making my own sandwich for work. B for Bread. S for Spread!

T- Tomato ketchup. Tomatoes are the major dietary source of the antioxidant lycopene, which has been linked to many health benefits, including reduced risk of heart disease and cancer. They are also a great source of vitamin C, potassium, folate, and vitamin K (https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/foods/tomatoes)

U- Undershirts (S&R has a section for clothing too. I buy bundles of white V-neck undershirts once a year. Durable shirts for daily use so far.)

V- Vitamins and supplements

W- Whitening Toothpaste

X- Xtras (For March: Save on shopping for your Summer essentials. For September: Shop and save on gift items as well as Christmas decorations)

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Y- Yogurt and Yakult. Yogurt has been found to reduce the risk of heart disease and osteoporosis, as well as aid in weight management (https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/7-benefits-of-yogurt).

Z- Zen scents (Fumes that help you meditate and relax like spray, diffusers, candles)


HOW TO BE A MEMBER

GOLD MEMBER:

  1. Fill-out the information asked in the Gold Membership Application Form. The form is available at the Membership Counter inside any S&R Club Warehouse.
  2. Present any one (1) of the following valid Identification cards with photo for each card holder: Passport, Driver’s License, SSS/ GSIS Digitized ID, PRC License, Voter’s ID, TIN Card, Postal ID, NBI Clearance. Any individual, 18 years old and above can be a Primary Member. Any immediate family member of a Primary Gold Cardholder, 18 years old and above with valid ID showing the same residence address as the Primary Cardholder, can be a Secondary Member.
  3. Settle the 700 PhP Gold Membership Fee valid at all S&R locations  for one (1) year. Extension card for 400 PhP is optional for the Secondary Member.
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Gold Membership Enrollment Fee: 700 PhP.

BUSINESS MEMBER

  1. An Owner or Manager of a licensed business qualifies as a Business Member. Fill-out the information asked in the Business Membership Application Form. The form is available at the Membership Counter inside any S&R Club Warehouse.
  2. Present any one (1) of the following valid Identification cards with photo for each card holder: Passport, Driver’s License, SSS/ GSIS Digitized ID, PRC License, Voter’s ID, TIN Card, Postal ID, NBI Clearance.
  3. Submit one (1) of the following supporting documents: FOR SOLE PROPRIETORSHIP: Certificate of Registration of Business Name with DTI, Current Year Mayor’s Permit or VAT Registration Number. FOR PARTNERSHIP AND CORPORATION: SEC Certification of Registration, Current Year Mayor’s Permit, VAT Registration Number or Letter from the Head of the organization authorizing representatives. FOR A DIRECTOR OR MANAGER OF A COOPERATIVE OR NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION: SEC/ CDA Certification of Registration, BIR TAX Exempt Status or Letter from the Head of the organization authorizing representatives.
  4. Settle the 900 PhP Business Membership Fee valid at all S&R locations for one (1) year. One (1) add-on card is FREE to yhe Primary Cardholder’s spouse, domestic partner, or any immediate family member over the age of 18 and living in the same household. Primary Member may add up to three (3) add-on cards at 400 PhP each.

TIPS

Eat first, Take you vitamins. It will be a long day. A food cart, with your favorite S&R pizza, burger, salad and drinks roams around the grocery though.

Stick to the budget. Calculate. Compare. Shop with someone and share the price of the buy 1 take 1 items.

Expect it to be crowded. Members can bring 3 more adults and unlimited kids. The queues are well organized though, from the parking outside to the check out counters.

Get the items first. While the line at the check out counter is long, check the expiration date of the items.

Buy the regular/ basic food choices for 2-3 months supply. The S&R Members’ Treat Sales has the best offers for your hoarding goals!

This is also an opportune sale to try something new. Wide selection of items are waiting for you.

While the line is long, go back to those which are empty during your first round. It may got refilled.

Do not bring kids but think of them. Lots of sweets and toys on sale.

Separate a budget for gifts.

Owning the choices of food in your plate is a fortifying task as a person who is now finally in charge of thy self. That you are an adult. You are now earning on your own, eating on your own. Autonomous. Responsible.

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Every September, shop and save on corporate gift items as well as Christmas decorations.

Grocery shopping is as fun as it is fortifying too. Imagine! You are not that toddler anymore who needs to do a sales pitch (and say please) to mommy just to “add to cart” that chocolate or junk food on your hand. Freedom is fun (But be smart too).

Grocery shopping after all is a task for survival acuity. It is rewarding throughout your aging work-life “timeline” when you get better and better at doing it. For as long as we need to earn for our life goals everyday, we also have to eat in every meal. Thus, we also need to shop more budget- and health-consciously, every after our turn at the check-out counter. As per scheduled.

HOBO CODES | Circus-like Sky Rides at Eden Adventure Park Davao

Eden is also now an adventure seeker’s natural playground.

Life’s unicycle where we simultaneously juggle work, personal affairs and sanity, causes us to faint sometimes. If you happen to be in that part of your routine where you are losing balance, startle more that adventurous soul and try daring your circus skills. Get out from the unicycle for a while and treat yourself to face-warping rides.

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CIRCUS SKILLS: Physical comedy (face), contortion (left leg) and flying trapeze (the Skyswing!). My first Skywing, July 2018. *I am comparing my extreme sky experience to several circus acts to let the readers feel more how every ride feels. This does not necessarily mean that you have to try these like a circus performer. Dangle safely.

How about teasing your circus skills of balance, agility, motor coordination as well as showmanship and physical comedy? Yes, you can not control those funny facial grimaces from the extreme stimuli when suspended at a 60 feet high cable, from a tower in an elevation 3,000 feet above sea level. All these in a day at one of the most popular and most visited mountain resorts in the Philippines today!


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Eden Nature Park and Resort, or more commonly known as Eden, is a member of the JVA Group of Companies based in the Davao Region. It is located in Barangay Eden, Toril, Davao City, about 30 kilometers from the city proper and is situated at around 3,000 feet above sea level. A superb tourist attraction that offers tons of activities and amenities for all ages.


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Reservations Office is at 2nd floor, Matina Town Square, MacArthur Highway, Matina, Davao City |(+6382) 229-1020 | 296-0791|info@edennaturepark.com.ph | www.edennaturepark.com.ph | The resort offers day tour packages and also caters to live-in corporate seminars and events, retreats, weddings and wedding receptions.

The moment you enter the Eden Adventure Park, the topography and the horizon you behold add to the thrill, where the sky rides are seem theatrically arranged. It is like a natural amphitheater where the towers of the rides are constructed at the lower part of the property. When someone is trying any of the extreme sky rides, a majestic horizon is on the backdrop while the spectators from the higher part of the park watch the rider at eye level.

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Other day tour goers scream with you especially when the 90-degree Skywing is released.

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It is like entering a outdoor circus venue where you can be one of the performers of the daring acts at some part of the show or just one of the contagiously thrilled audience watching the other day tour goers trying the rides. The spectators scream with you especially when the 90-degree Skywing is released.

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Extreme Sky Ride Experience is open 1-5PM Mon-Thu, 8-5PM Fri-Sun. Skywheel rate: 200p/ person.

Extreme Sky Experience Rides

Safety is Eden’s paramount concern. Trained attendants and operators ensure your safety. Your safety is significantly enhanced by securing you a body harness and safety gears especially ordered in France.

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Waiver, signed. Gears, worn. Ready for the extreme rides!

SKYWHEEL : The “German wheel”-like ride you see from the circus.

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SKYWHEEL: Day tour goers can walk inside the wheel while it is up 60 feet high treading a 200 meter distance in approximately 15 minutes.

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You should be atleast 50 kilos. Three wheels are available to travel at the same time.

SKYSWING: It is like flying trapeze, only with harness because you are not a pro.

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A first of its kind in the Davao Region, opened in 2015. Which would you try, 45 or 90 degree swing? Solo or with a swing mate? Screaaaaaam! Second Skyswing, May 2019.

“After Eco-tourism and Agri-tourism, a third leg – what we call as Adventure Tourism – was added to the resort’s activities. This was to make Eden also cater to the younger and more adventurous generation.” -Brenda Ocampo, Director of Sales and Marketing

SKYCYCLE : Artistic cycling and Slackwire balancing acts combined!

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The only of its kind in Davao where riders pedal the bike to cross the 200 meter cable.

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With 6 more lines from 2 when it opened in 2013, this ride is obviously a hit where artistic cycling and slackwire balancing skills are combined.

SKYRIDER: An aerial straps act without the acrobatics.

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Eden’s  version of Zipline. Opened in 2008 which lets you feel how to perform in an aerial silk or straps.

Since it started operations in October 1997, Eden has evolved from a simple nature park to a Davao destination offering a spectrum of relaxing things to do to heart pumping rides to overcome. It is definitely not just a nature lover’s paradise but also now an adventure seeker’s natural playground or contextually, an aspiring circus performer’s safely harnessed theater. Dangle safely before going back to life’s unicycle!  

I am comparing my extreme sky experience to several circus acts to let the readers feel more how every ride feels. This does not necessarily mean that you have to try these like a circus performer. Dangle safely.

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It is like a natural amphitheater where the towers of the rides are constructed at the lower part of the property. When someone is trying any of the extreme sky rides, a majestic horizon is on the backdrop while the spectators from the higher part of the park watch the rider at eye level.

Why UNIQLO Closed its First Store in Mindanao?

From 767 to 1,414 square meters of shopping space this July.

To continue its commitment to bring LifeWear to more Filipinos, UNIQLO doubles the shopping space of its first store in Mindanao. A wider UNIQLO shop in SM Lanang Premier, Davao is set to open on July 19, 2019.

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May 30, 2019, UNIQLO announced the expansion of its SM Lanang Premier store in Davao.

 

“Today UNIQLO has more than 2,000 stores in Australia, Belgium, Canada, China, Denmark, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Netherlands, Philippines, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand, U.K. and U.S.”

The Japanese global apparel retailer, UNIQLO is excited to announce the expansion of its SM Lanang Premier store. The first UNIQLO store in Mindanao which opened last May 26, 2017 is set to be the largest in Mindanao as it reopens this July. From its previous sales area of 767 square meters, the store will bring with it 1,414 square meters of new shopping space. UNIQLO aims to give customers in the area a brand new shopping experience with a wider variety of clothing choices.

The UNIQLO Men U Open Collar Shirt for your corporate outings.

Read more here: http://bit.ly/UniqloOceanCove

To date, the company has opened a total of 57 stores since 2012 and is looking to open more by the end of the year.

The UNIQLO Linen Shirt for your corporate socials.

Read more here: http://bit.ly/EnderunXLinenShirt

For more updates, customers may download the UNIQLO mobile app and visit UNIQLO Philippines’ website at http://www.uniqlo.com/ph and social media account, Facebook (facebook.com/uniqlo.ph), Twitter (twitter.com/uniqloph) and Instagram (Instagram.com/uniqlophofficial).

About UNIQLO LifeWear

Apparel that comes from the Japanese values of simplicity, quality and longevity. Designed to be of the time and for the time, LifeWear is made with such modern elegance that it becomes the building blocks of each individual’s style. A perfect shirt that is always being made more perfect. The simplest design hiding the most thoughtful and modern details. The best in fit and fabric made to be affordable and accessible to all. LifeWear is clothing that is constantly being innovated, bringing more warmth, more lightness, better design, and better comfort to people’s lives.

 About UNIQLO and Fast Retailing

UNIQLO is a brand of Fast Retailing Co., Ltd., a leading Japanese retail holding company with global headquarters in Tokyo, Japan. UNIQLO is the largest of six main brands in the Fast Retailing Group, the others being GU, J Brand, Theory, Comptoir des Cotonniers, and Princesse tam.tam. With global sales of approximately 2.13 trillion yen for the 2018 fiscal year ending August 31, 2018 (US $19.17 billion, calculated in yen using the end of August 2018 rate of $1 = 111.1 yen), Fast Retailing is one of the world’s largest apparel retail companies, and UNIQLO is Japan’s leading specialty retailer.

UNIQLO continues to open large-scale stores in some of the world’s most important cities and locations, as part of its ongoing efforts to solidify its status as a global brand. Today the company has more than 2,000 stores in 22 markets including Japan. In alphabetical order, the other markets are Australia, Belgium, Canada, China, Denmark, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Netherlands, Philippines, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand, U.K. and U.S. In addition, UNIQLO established a social business in Bangladesh together with the Grameen Bank in 2010, and today there are several Grameen-UNIQLO stores in Dhaka.

With a corporate statement committed to changing clothes, changing conventional wisdom and change the world, Fast Retailing is dedicated to creating great clothing with new and unique value to enrich the lives of people everywhere. For more information about UNIQLO and Fast Retailing, please visit http://www.uniqlo.com and http://www.fastretailing.com.

Avara : A Not-for-everyone Maldivian-themed Resort in Taytay, Palawan

Aside from the villas and casitas, Avara members will also have an exclusive access to a two-bedroom yacht with crew for an overnight stay or for cruising around the island and nearby areas.

Imagine this: The sound of waves crashing on the shore and the sunlight peeking through the window wake you up on a lazy Saturday morning. You slowly open your eyes, afraid that you’re just in the middle of a dream. But you’re not. You stand up as you feel the gentle sea breeze touch your face. You go out of the porch and look at the horizon. You take your time to enjoy the beauty of the blue skies and the deep sea. The yacht will be waiting for you whenever you’re ready, anyway. That’s the promise of Avara Nature & Yacht Club—the easy life of the seaside. 

Established by the Seaside Premier Development Corporation, Avara is the first of its kind nature and yacht club located at Calauag Bay in Taytay, which was Palawan’s first capital.

The plan for the exclusive resort was formally unveiled at the Grand Hyatt Manila led by its President and CEO Ms. Veronica C. Young, Nov. 13, 2018. 

“After many months of sailing and voyaging aboard bangkas and riding waves, we found the perfect island in Taytay, Palawan to be the home of our pioneering project. It is with a great pleasure to present to you tonight, Avara Nature and Yacht Club – the first of its kind in the Philippines, bridging the middle class to the lifestyle of the rich and famous. As Seaside Premier Development Corporation’s flagship project, we aim to redefine seaside living, where nature meets luxury,” she said in her opening remarks. 

Coastal living redefined 

Avara, which means Sunshine Island, is an eco-luxurious resort that use solar panels as a source of renewable energy, utilize a recycled water treatment system, maximize a hydroponic garden, and take advantage of other eco-materials available.

Its accommodation is inspired by the Maldivian architecture. Members can choose to stay in a one-bedroom Water Villa with jacuzzi, two-bedroom Water Villa with private infinity pool, or one- or two-bedroom Beach Casitas. 

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Aside from the villas and casitas, Avara members will also have an exclusive access to a two-bedroom yacht with crew for an overnight stay or for cruising around the island and nearby areas. Avara’s yacht features two cabins and a family room in the lower deck; a living room, a kitchen and dining area, and a plunge pool in the main deck; and an open dining space and a sun deck in the fly bridge. 

The Avara Island has nothing but the best facilities for its members. Guests will first experience the Avara service upon their arrival at the dock or the harbor. But the ultra-luxurious resort also has a helipad for those who will be coming in by air. VIPs also have the option to skip the reception and go straight to their accommodation.  

There will also be a boardwalk open for development to the entrepreneurial Avara members. Meaning, Avara members can also be concessionaires to open their own business—it could be a coffee shop, a grocery store, a bakery, a souvenir stop, and similar ventures. As support to the member-concessionaires, Avara will ensure that the business will be the island’s lone supplier for the specific product. 

The island can also accommodate as many as 100 guests at their main dining area and at the grill restaurant. But guests will have more dining options since Avara includes a poolside bar, a seaside bar and lounge, picnic areas, and private dining venues. 

Avara is fully equipped with a gym, a water sports center, a tennis court, and a golf course to those who want to keep up with their fitness routine. 

The island also has a playroom and nursery, spa and massage cabanas, a bonfire area, a clinic with an in-house doctor and nurse, and a gaming area for the enjoyment of the Avara members.  

At any given time, Avara will host up to 300 members to ensure quality service.

As a promised paradise for those who love the beach, Avara offers a myriad of water action such as diving, snorkeling, kayaking, jet-skiing, banana boat riding, stand-up paddle boarding, wind surfing, scuba diving, island hopping, and fishing in coordination with neighbor islands. The resort also provides options for on land activities like trekking, biking, and vegetable picking.

There are also a lot of activities that Avara members can enjoy outside its vicinity. After all, Taytay, Palawan boasts of picturesque sites like the Canique Waterfalls, the Lake Manguao, the Irrawaddy Dolphins in Malampaya Sound, the Fuerza de Santa Isabel, and the Church of Santa Monica. Taytay is also hope to a paradise-like hidden valley that gives tourists a bird’s eye view of the pristine, idyllic coastal areas of the municipality. 

Board of advisors

To ensure nothing but the best of services and facilities at Avara, Seaside Premier Development Corporation tapped some of the industry’s most respected personalities for the resort.

6 - Avara executives and board of advisors

Its board of advisors include the following: 

• National Coast Watch Center Executive Director Rear Admiral Joel S. Garcia for Coastal and Marine Management

• Philippine Army’s 7CMO Battalion Commanding Officer Col. Eugene Osias for Security Affairs

• Cebu Port Authority Commissioner for the Shipping Sector Ms. Regina Barleta for Port Management and Shipping

• Incoming Manila Board of Realtors, Inc. President Ma. Teresa R. Bigornia for Marketing

• Motivational speaker John Anthony Calub for Sales

• The Manor’s Le Chef Executive Chef William “Billy” King for Culinary Arts

“We thank these distinguished personalities for believing in our idea. We can’t wait to show you the beauty of Avara,” Ms. Young said. 

Avara Nature & Yacht Club will formally open its shores in the summer of 2020. # 


About Avara Nature & Yacht Club 

Avara Nature and Yacht Club redefines seaside lifestyle by combining beach living and seafaring. It is the first harbor-front town in Palawan as launched by the Seaside Premier Development Corporation. It offers access to a world-class resort with customized yachts. 

Visit the Avara website (http://avaraisland.com/) and Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/avaraisland), Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/avaraisland/), and Twitter (https://twitter.com/avaraisland/) to learn more. 

About Seaside Premier Development Corporation 

Luxury seaside community developer Seaside Premier Development Corporation was established in 2018. It kickstarted its year by launching its flagship project, the Avara Nature & Yacht Club in Taytay, Palawan. It plans to develop harbor-front townships in the different seaside areas in the Philippines to bring the best beaches and coastal living to every Filipino’s doorstep.

Menswear and Socials | Creating Contacts at the Enderun Cocktail Night

The corporate dealings may it be inside the board room or at a social event space, set a code of specific pleasantry.

Collateral to Davao’s recent commercial fame, the city is gradually reshaping its venues for social events and corporate gatherings. After all, functions host social interaction which is imperative for every business partnership.

Events at Enderun Azuela Cove : A much-anticipated event site south of the Philippines

The latest addition to Davao’s array of spaces for social events is Events at Enderun Azuela Cove. Situated inside the so called cradle of the “crazy rich Asians” of Davao, Enderun’s tent is a 2,000 sqm. air-conditioned venue that can accommodate up to 1,500 guests, with a sprawling parking space, at the most strategic corner of the city.

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The Events at Enderun Azuela Cove follows the same tradition as the first Enderun Tent in Taguig City. It offers a similar portfolio, handling corporate and social events as well as broader engagements such as conventions and exhibits. In addition to serving as a top-class event space, it is also set to be the anchor of a new Enderun campus in Davao.image

 

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Enderun Hospitality Management Managing Director Chef Thomas Wenger.


From crisp to creases : Linen over cocktails and contactsimage

Social events are electrifying. You are warming up almost every attendee to identify that common ground that ignites a promising business tie-up. Such excitement though, along with the intermittent sips of that enticing spirits in a glass makes us feel a bit steamy no matter how freezing the venue is.

Especially when you have found that soul-talker and the conversation gets really interesting, we tend to feel warm within that space from our skin to the undershirt and from your undergarment to your outer drape.  This is the very reason why I am more mindful of the kind of fabric I am wearing when attending socials.

I pick that fabric which prevents me from being near roasted and allows me to skip wearing the undershirt. I am obsessed with linen-made formal shirts recently. With either a mild or heady cocktail on my hand, it just breathes. It is cool and light to wear.

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Brown linen shirt (Uniqlo) tucked into a navy blue ankle pants. Framed it with a chocolate brown weaved leather belt (Uniqlo) and fortified the look with a leather tassel dress shoes. PHOTO BY : Jeff Sison of https://jeffsison.com/

 

Linen easily wrinkles. That is the other reason why I love wearing it during events. It makes your look unique among the sturdy shirt clad invitees. It is the ripples that bring aesthetic to the look. It even emphasizes the cuts in your arms (which you were working out hard at the gym). It crinkles but still holds its shape specific to your body’s built. It looks care free yet still tidy.

STYLING SCOOP: Though linen easily wrinkles, I choose to press it with the ironing spray for my office Barongs when attending socials. The crisp exudes that sharp and credible first impression to every person you will meet during the earlier part of the event. Never attend the formal event with an already wrinkled linen shirt.

The beauty of garbing linen during events is like the euphoria we get to feel when sipping cocktails. You arrive at the event with it being crisp. Then, gradually creating the creases as you become more sociable as the conversation gets more involving.

The corporate dealings may it be inside the board room or at a social event space, set a code of specific pleasantry. But a crinkled shirt is not necessarily a code-breaking style. Not when it is a linen.


imageABOUT AZUELA COVE BY AYALA LAND

Azuela Cove is an estate by Ayala Land with The Alcantara Group. Ayala Land is the Philippines’ leading developer of sustainable estates offering a diverse mix of quality residential and commercial developments that support local economic growth.
imageABOUT ENDERUN COLLEGES

Enderun Colleges is a four-year undergraduate college committed to the highest international standards of academic excellence in the fields of international hospitality management, entrepreneurship and business administration. The College provides a career-ready environment with its industry-specific programs, highly experienced faculty, international academic partners such as Ducasse Education in France, and intensive internship placements. Enderun graduates possess the core competencies that are in high demand by industry leaders worldwide. On April 17, 2018, Aviana Development Corp, a joint venture between Ayala Land and The Alcantara Group, signed a deal with Udenna Corporation for Enderun Colleges to operate and manage Events at Enderun Azuela Cove.

Menswear and Estate | Summer at Ocean Cove

The ambitious vibe of the urban living is always arousing especially to the bold dreamers. But these aspirants also long for the beach vibe.

One of the guests I was able to network with during the Philippine Airlines event two months ago, told me about the ostentatious difference between today’s Davao city from his last visit four years earlier, “I am from Mandaluyong. I last visited Davao perhaps around 4 to 5 years ago. And it’s really very different now. It is like the renaissance of Digong’s turf, an infrastructure rebirth.”.

Over the past two years, Davao’s economic age is indeed on its puberty. Corporations which are used to be boxed in Manila, are starting to build their Mindanao offices around the Durian city. More obviously, as you commute around the city now, real estate properties sprouted creating seemly like a bar graph on your horizon.

May your choice be a condominium, house and lot or just simply a lot, I rest the decision on to you and to your affordability. My point here is, what if that peaceful Davaoeno neighborhood you aspire is now found in the soothing charm of the French Riviera?

A French Riviera-inspired community along the Davao Gulf. An aspiration, isn’t it?

Ocean Cove Beach Residences :  A microcosm of a peaceful Davaoeno neighborhood in a French Riviera

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View from the clubhouse: The playground and the cabana with view deck overlooking the breathtaking sights of the Davao Gulf.

 

Ocean Cove Beach Residences is an 18.3-hectare French Riviera-inspired seaside community located in Davao’s scenic Bago Aplaya, Talomo District. Only 12km from Davao City, it is highly accessible to both public and private transport via the access road leading to Mergrande Ocean Resort. It is your seaside home with typical lot cuts at 144-250 sqm. More details at https://www.filinvest.com/projects/ocean-cove/ .

 

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The promenade for your daily dose of relaxing stroll with the fresh sea breeze.

 

Men U Open Collar Shirt : The supple seaside wear

The coastal vibe of Ocean Cove blends with a perfect seaside wear. Pieces which are made from materials which protect from the pinch of the sun but are light and supple for the breeze of the sea.

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The infinity pool with the amazing landscapes of Samal Island and Talikud Island.
 

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UNIQLO from torso to thigh: Men U Open Collar Shirt, Uniqlo Slim Fit Shorts. PHOTO by http://www.caramielrush.com (Above) French framed. PHOTO by Joseph Cagas Photography (Below)

 

 

 

 

 

A fabric which moves with you when you are enjoying the shore vibe but seemly traces your silhouette when you are paused, staring at the horizon, waiting for the sea wind’s next blow.

 

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Gothic Diagonals. PHOTO by http://www.jazzsayings.wordpress.com

 

 

 

 

 

The disposition of where you live is influential to a city resident. The ambitious vibe of the urban living is always arousing especially to the bold dreamers. But these aspirants also long for the beach vibe. That soothing chi of the shore, twice a week or even the hours after work, everyday.

May your stay in a seaside be frequent or forever, enjoy the seconds with perfectly matched wearables. Aspire a style that suits to the estate.